1 officer killed in Al-Barka ambush
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Around 30 gunmen ambushed government troops in Al-Barka, Basilan, on Monday, May 6, killing one army major and injuring another officer, initial reports from the military said.
The reports said suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Force, a breakaway of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ambushed members of the 18th and 32nd infrantry battalions at Pagtawanan, Barangay Magcawa, Al-Barka, Basilan at around 3pm Monday.
The injured army officer was brought to the Camp Navarro General Hospital for treatment.
The military claims the ambush was a result of the Abu Sayyaf's "hatred" because of former MNLF member Major Kanong's participation in the AFP.
New to the area and lacking in reinforcement, 19 soldiers were killed. Click here for the inside story.
Early this year, Army Col Aminkadra Undug, one of 4 military officials connected to the killings, was found guilty of violating Article of War 97 or conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
Undug remained in the military but faced penalties, the most senior military officer at that time to be punished in connection with a military operation.
Two other officers involved in the fiasco -- Col Alex Macario and Lt Col Orlando Edralin -- were acquitted in 2012. -Rappler.com
In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important.
Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action.
Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community.
As a bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers.
You can also support Rappler without a PLUS membership. Help us stay free and independent by making a donation: https://www.rappler.com/crowdfunding. Every contribution counts.